L3Harris has added approvals from the European regulatory body, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to train Integrated Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL) students at its Florida academy location. These latest approvals come a month after the company announced approvals from the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The newest accreditation enables cadets training for their ATPL to complete a 32-week foundation flight training program at the L3Harris Flight Academy in Sanford. The program incorporates Single and Multi-Engine flying and culminates with the Commercial Pilot License, before returning to the U.K. to complete advanced flight training, including Instrument Rating and Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.
The course is designed to take students from little or no flying experience to fully qualified airline pilot in 72 weeks and this approval, alongside the UK CAA approval in July, positions L3Harris to expand training as pilot shortages begin to impact airlines across Europe. The expanded training opportunities can enable students to graduate more efficiently and begin their journey as professional as professional pilots sooner.
“This approval is great news for students enrolled in the Integrated ATPL program and for L3Harris,” said David Coward, VP & General Manager, L3Haris Airline Academy. “It demonstrates confidence from Europe’s largest aviation authorities, EASA and the UK CAA, that we can deliver on our training promise while maximizing the efficiency of our global Academy footprint. Our location at Sanford International Airport in Orlando, Florida means UK and European students benefit from world-class facilities and instruction in an ideal climate for flying.”
The L3Harris Airline Academy ATPL program is well proven and established within multiple regulatory environments. The program is designed to provide cadets the optimum use of aircraft and training systems to derive maximum training value while preparing them for a commercial aviation career.